Heat Stress Awareness

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

 

 

Summertime is quickly approaching and May is Heat Stress Awareness Month. Environmental Health & Safety would like to keep the Charlotte campus community aware of Heat Stress warning signs. Extended exposure to heat and high humidity can lead to heat related illness and injury. We encourage the campus community to stay hydrated, take a break in the shade, and be aware of your body's warning signals.  Your body typically cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating is not enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if safety precautions are not taken. Heat Stress warning signs may include: 

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness/Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Heavy sweating
  • Elevated body temperature
Common heat related illnesses and injuries include, but are not limited to, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash, and heat syncope. EHS reminds the campus community to..........Beat the heat and take a seat!

Resources:

Heat Stress Incident Prevention 

First Aid for Heat Related Illness

OSHA -NIOSH Heat Safety Tool